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30 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Crane Composites Donates Masks to Communities In April and May, the Channahon, Ill.- based Crane Composites team members came together to support each other and their communities. With nearly 500 associates, all of which were facing different challenges, the teams kept spirits high and moti- vated while working together to ensure everyone's health and safety. Crane, a supplier of RV sidewalls and other composite materials for the RV industry, donated more than 1,500 face masks to fire departments and EMS stations across its four manufacturing location communities. Crane made the donations and offers thanks in honor of the first responders and medical pro- fessionals for all they are doing and have done during these times. Crane specifically mentioned the Joliet Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire and EMS Station, Florence Fire Depart- ment, and Jonesboro Fire Department for their bravery and commitment to their communities. "We also want to thank all our asso- ciates for their dedication and persever- ance during this time," the company said in a statement. "We are so proud to have the team we do and are looking forward to continuing to support our customers and communities." Sika Produces Sanitizer for First Responders Specialty chemicals provider Sika Corp. has been utilizing its facilities in order to produce hand sanitizer for employees, as well as first responders in local communities. The project began within the company's procurement and plant team in Lyndhurst, N.J., in collaboration with the plant team in Lakewood, N.J. These efforts spread to Sika's facility in Marion, Ohio. Production, filling, and labeling began in the research and development department in Lyndhurst on March 23. On March 24, more than 300 500-milileter bottles of hand sanitizer were filled, labeled, and shipped from Lyndhurst to Sika's other facilities for distribution. Since production began, more than 5,000 bottles have been distributed. Sika has successfully donated supplies to the Lyndhurst and Lakewood Police and Fire departments, the Marion Fire and Sheriff's departments, and the Ohio Health-Smith Clinic. "It is initiatives like this that really should make us all proud," says Sika Corp.'s President and CEO Rick Montani. "The message is clear – we are all in this together, and we are trying to do everything we can to get through it safely." Sika has subsidiaries in 100 countries around the world and manufactures in more than 300 factories. Sika employs more than 25,000 people globally with more than 2,000 employees in the United States. Optronics Donates Masks, Straps and Shields Optronics International, with offices in Musk- ogee, Okla., and Goshen, Ind., answered the call to make face shields and mask straps to prepare for possible shortages across the area in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Using open source design files and 3D printers normally employed by its new product development team, Optronics is producing face shields and mask straps for the city of Muskogee Emergency Man- agement team to be used by health care workers and emergency responders in the area. In addition, Optronics has donated KN-95 masks to be used by Muskogee and Tulsa area health care workers. The CDC lists KN-95 masks as a suitable alternative when N-95s are not available. Optronics is a manufacturer of federally regu- lated motor vehicle safety equipment, which is sup- plied to other essential manufacturers, distributors, and service locations across the United States. First responders in Ohio gratefully accepted donations of hand sanitizer from Sika. Optronics donated PPE to first responders in Oklahoma. Crane Composites donated face masks to fire department and EMS stations. (Illustrated with Adobe stock image.)

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